Memoirs of Charles Cope (Documents Articles)

by admin ⌂, Forest of Dean, Monday, October 10, 2011, 02:22 (3301 days ago) @ admin

CHARLES EGBERT COPE 1892-1979

Charles Cope was born on 29/10/1892 at The Scowles, Coleford. He was the son of Alfred Cope from Berkeley who was headmaster at Scowles School, Coleford between 1888 and 1915. He served in the 19th Battalion Royal Fusiliers during the 1st World War and later trained as a teacher. He was also an accomplished organist.

He married 29 year old Paulina Kear Hewlett in 1922 and the couple migrated to Australia in 1923. They had three children, Patti Beatrice (1923), John Oswald (1924), and Joan Paulina (1926) He later became Headmaster of schools in the State of Victoria.

His wife Pauline died around 1964. 75 year old Charles Cope returned for a holiday in the UK and a reunion with his brothers Reginald and Arthur, during 1967 and stayed with his sister, Mrs M Holford at 41 Staunton Road, Coleford. Whilst visiting his old home at Scowles School he met a friend of the family, 53 year old widowed teacher Monnica Thompson. She was born in the Old School House at St.Briavels in 1914 and educated at Monmouth and at London University. Their wedding took place in St. John's Church, Coleford on the 2nd of November 1968.

Monnica Cope was the last head teacher of Scowles School when it closed in November 1969.

Charles died on the 23/7/1979 at Tyltham's, Mork Lane, St. Briavels, and Monnica in 1993 at Gloucester Royal Infirmary.


With acknowledgement to family historian Michael Cope
Sent to us by Tom Bint


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